Club members gather at the former Dawson County Clubhouse after a recent charity ride. PHOTOS BY DENISE RAY
Ordinary guys, big hearts and Harleys
They are small business owners, contractors, and veterans. They are bikers. They are the Wingmen.
“We are just regular, normal family men,” Bob Weiner, president of the Dawson County chapter said. “We are working men within the community.”
The purpose of the Wingmen Motorcycle Club is to promote motorcycle touring and brotherhood.
It is the bond of the fraternal brotherhood that extends beyond the bikers and to their families. It can even be multi-generational.
“Fathers, sons, grandsons, brothers, cousins,” Weiner said.
In September 2012 member Sid Agent was killed in a motorcycle accident, leaving behind his young daughter, Jadelyn. Her father’s passing caused hardship on the girl’s life and the club stepped up.
Wingmen Motorcycle Club President Bob Weiner, left and club member pose in Gainesville, Ga.
To honor his memory, the members of Dawson County Wingmen created the Sid Agent Scholarship Fund. Today it “has and will continue to assist four deserving kids with financial aid through Dawsonville JROTC, Wingmen Eagle Scholarship Fund and Mountain Ranger Scholarship.”
The event this year will be Sat. Sept. 30. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the ride leaves Frazier’s Harley Davison, Buford at noon. Agent was the assistant service manager at Frazier’s at the time of his passing. There will be raffle items, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing at the end of the scenic route.
“This is a benefit with a cause,” the former Army Ranger said. “We are not the beneficiary. The beneficiary is the account that we use to give to kids.”
Over the years, donations have come in from all over the county in honor of Agent and the work the club does in his memory.
Weiner is quick to clarify that the club is not part of the 1percent, which is how the outlaw bikers are designated. The Hollywood presentations like Sons of Anarchy are the complete antithesis of the Wingmen Motorcycle Club.
“We’re not what you read about. God bless Hollywood, but don’t believe everything you see.”
The club, whose logo is the American eagle, representing freedom and the American way, originated at the base of Boscomantico, Italy, near Verona, the home of the Combat Support Company, 1st Battalion of the 509th Airborne Combat Team in 1977. At a club meeting on the 4th of July 1979, members voted to change their name to the Wingmen Motorcycle Club, a term used to describe the way two pilots fly and cover one another. Today there are 26 chapters throughout the United States including seven in Georgia (Cherokee County, Dawson, Effingham County, Long County, North Georgia, Northeast Georgia, and Savannah).
Contributions to the scholarship fund can be mailed to Wingmen MC, PO Box 1921, Dawsonville, GA 30534. Donations are tax deductible according to Weiner.